Geothermal’s Top 10 Takeaways


If you don’t know anything else about geothermal heating and cooling, know this – especially if you’re thinking of retrofitting your current West Chester home’s HVAC system or at a loss for what to put into the new home you’re having built for you:
  1. Geothermal HVAC systems are among the most environmentally friendly available. Their relatively simple technology makes use of subterranean temperatures to supply your West Chester home with winter heat and summer cooling. Thus, your home and the earth are always in sync, joined together in a singular – and singularly coordinated – home-earth symbiosis. Sound a bit too pompous? All it means is that, with geothermal heating and cooling, your home isn’t upsetting the natural order of things. Instead, it’s becoming a “nicer” part of the environment.
  2. Geothermal HVAC systems qualify as “renewable energy technology.” True, they run off of electricity. But they don’t require much of it for all the reward you get. Just one unit of electricity can transfer up to five units of natural heating or cooling from the earth to your home.
  3. Geothermal HVAC systems are far more efficient than solar (photovoltaic) or wind power setups. Generally speaking, solar and wind technologies, whatever the chachet of their “renewability,” devour four times more kilowatt-hours of electricity per dollar spent than geothermal systems.
  4. Geothermal HVAC systems won’t overwhelm your yard. Don’t have much yard space anyway? No revelation there: most home lots in West Chester and elsewhere anymore occupy a fairly compact the polyethylene piping required for the geothermal earth loops doesn’t have to be buried horizontally. It can be dug in vertically and run to a depth of anywhere from 100 to 400 feet. Very little above-ground surface is necessary in any case, whether vertical, horizontal, open (well water), or pond loops are installed. Result? You can keep your little patch of paradise a whole lot greener.
  5. Geothermal HVAC systems are incredibly quiet. Every element of a geothermal system is designed and engineered to run significantly quieter than ordinary gas furnaces, heat pumps, or air conditioners. Best of all, there’s no outside unit, so you and your neighbors areen’t subjected to the aggravation of fans, belts, and compressors whirring, whining, and rattling away at all hours!
  6. Geothermal HVAC systems are durable heating and cooling solutions, designed to last for generations. Present-day geothermal technology, manufacturing guidelines, and installation procedures insure ground loops of exceptional longevity and heat-exchange equipment that will keep on working impeccably for decades. It helps, of course, that the heat-exchange equipment is protected indoors. At least, when it does eventually have to be repaired or replaced, it’s not likely that you’ll be redoing the ground, well, or pond loops along with it. So replacement costs can be kept to a minimum.
  7. Geothermal HVAC systems require very little maintenance. The earth loops, as previously described, are designed to hold up for generations, and when appropriately buried, will do so without any need for intervention. Fans, compressors, and pumps, protected indoors from weather extremes, require only a sporadic inspection as well as periodic filter changes and a once-a-year coil cleaning.
  8. Geothermal HVAC systems are as beneficial in cooling as they are in heating. The old idea that geothermal HVAC systems don’t cool as well as they heat has been essentially buried by steady enhancements in the manufacture of geothermal technology.
  9. Geothermal HVAC systems can be set up to multitask. Very well, so you’ve chosen to heat your home’s water geothermally. But can a geothermal system provide ambient heat for your home also? And what if you have a swimming pool? Relax. Today’s systems can handle it all and handle it simultaneously, with no favoring of one task over another.
  10. Geothermal HVAC systems are becoming more and more affordable – even without federal and local tax incentives. Congress has yet to bring back federal tax credits for geothermal heating and cooling that terminated December 31, 2016. Still, a number of factors – material and technological advances, new installation practices, and increased competition in the marketplace, for the most part – are helping to better correlate geothermal solutions with the cost of traditional heating and cooling methods.
 
Get hold of the geothermal specialists at Sinton Air Conditioning & Heating, Inc. today. They’ll give you the full skinny on the benefits of geothermal heating and cooling so you can make the right decision for your West Chester home.